Atrofia (You are my Strength, O Lord)
My desire was not to make this painting just a work of art, I attempted to let the subject experience Christ’s embrace by adopting and welcoming the lolo. Mang Crispin [not his real name] is an 83-year old man abandoned by his seven children. Recently, I rushed him to the hospital due to a bloodt accident. One of the doctors had the same surname is his, Mang Crispin with his hoarse voice went on, “We have the same surname. ARe you from that place __________?” The young medic said, “My father’s name is Red.” The old man coughing answered, “Your father is my own son. You are my apo.” Overwhelmed and helpless, the pain in Mang Crispin’s heart jabbed more painfully than that of his wound.
Tearfully, the doctor replied, “I never knew I had a lolo. I always wanted to have a lolo.”
– Joey Velasco